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Offline Atom

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Fake Washburn?
« on: November 25, 2018, 05:14:04 AM »
Hi! This was my first guitar and i sold it a long time ago, but this question has long been bothering me, pls help.
1) No serial number.
2) Neck glued into the body.
3) Head like a "Jackson" guitars.
I think it's hand-made.
Thx for your help!

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Fake Washburn?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 10:42:56 AM »
As the saying goes, "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses before zebras." :) Very few Washburn models are worth counterfeiting, & a fake would probably be MUCH flashier than that.

There's any number of reasons Washburn made one-off guitars, like a special order or a promo gift for a big store or distributor, or a "test bed" to see if a build would be suitable for manufacture, or to determine whether sales outlets would find it interesting. The BT-500 was part of an effort to "liquidate some parts and bodies we had left." (I wouldn't be surprised if Washburn let their employees build their own guitars at cost when they were off the clock.) There'd be no point in putting serial numbers on these.

Whether ANY electric guitar is "hand made" depends on how it's defined... & almost every time it's greatly exaggerated. Are power tools allowed? hand tools? Does using a CNC router to rough the body blank violate "hand made"? but what if the entire cavity shaping is done via CNC?
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